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The Day Called 'X' Scored (2004)

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This was our final project at Western Oregon University's Film Scoring class. The movie is called "The Day Called 'X' A (Part I)" which was found at the Prelinger Archives. I edited the movie to shorten the time and to get rid of scenes with music so I could add my own. The second cue was recorded by Kevin Elmore and edited by me. The second music cue includes 3 live instruments (fellow classmates and composers) with a midi realization. Editing was done with IMovie, Pro Tools free, and Spark ME.

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"Day Called X, A (Part I)"

Sorry about the mess I uploaded. The 14.1 M mp4 file has audio issues (the 12.2 M mp4 or the 25.2 M quicktime are the better ones). I thought multiple formats would help but I had no idea this place was so automated . . .

Music found here:
Film Scoring Compositions

This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archive Mashups

Audio/Visual: music, black and white
Keywords: original film score; x day; western oregon university
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Reviewer: nigeldavahah - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - October 13, 2009
Subject: this is cool
fun watch
Reviewer: uniQ - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - August 8, 2009
Subject: Not bad...
...while most of the time I was going "Hey! Something got cut out!", the biggest difference was NOT having the nearly-omnipresent narration. Most of the music I had to actively try to pay attention to, which may or may not have been the purpose of this.

Nonetheless, a very nice proof-of-concept.

Reviewer: phillipk - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 2, 2008
Subject: I used the footage too
I used the same old footage for a twitter satire I did:

It's double cool because I live in Portland... it's neat seeing the old scenes.
Reviewer: FP - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 22, 2004
Subject: Interesting exercise
Five stars because it's a great chance to hear the work of film composers-in-training. Normally this kind of developmental work is buried, never to be heard outside the academic setting in which it was created.

A few trivial technical issues:
The film's soundtrack is characteristic of old film prints - it has a rolled off, almost absent high end, and there's some garbling of the sort heard in films worn by repeated projection by abused equipment. The music is crystal clear with lots of high-end,so it doesn't sit in the mix very well.

The music itself punches up the sequence nicely and it makes the dry presentation much more compelling. It's too LOUD, but why not? This is a scoring exercise meant to show off the music.

The strings are pretty weak. I don't know if it's a lame keyboard preset or a bad sample set, but it sounds like a 1992 AEON FLUX soundtrack patch. The acoustic instruments used in the new score of DAY CALLLED X have much more presence.

It would be great to have more stuff like this in the archive.


A. Scott Kingston - music & video/audio editor
Kevin Elmore - recording engineer
Ben Kennard - flute
Erin Kennard - alto saxophone
Jude King - clarinet

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